Nothing beats a beautiful summer day for enjoying Afropop live. We have recorded many magical moments of Afropop artists in concert at summer festivals around the U.S. and Africa. Today, we present the best of the best to you. Topics: Afropop, Concerts, Summer
Salsa dura from New York, frevo from northeastern Brazil, chimurenga from Zimbabwe, Afrobeat from around the world, and more. These are styles that feature the punch and emotion that only a prominent horn section can deliver. We'll hear the Gangbe Brass Band, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra live in New York, classic Congo music from el maestro Franco, Brooklyn's own Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra and others. Topic: afropop worldwide podcast
Longtime Afropop Worldwide correspondent Ned Sublette joins host Georges Collinet, as we talk to DJs and musicians on the ground in the Crescent City, where the music goes on every night. From funeral dirges, to jazz, to Hip Hop, we'll get an up-to-the-minute look at how this great American music city is doing in the summer of 2008. We'll hear music by Dr. Michael White, Terence Blanchard, Lil Wayne, and more. Topics: New Orleans, Dr. John, Terence Blanchard, Lil Wayne, Hurrican Katrina, music, funeral procession,...
Our two-part special on summer festivals continues with highlights from the Sfinks Festival near Antwerp, Belgium in summer high season. This annual three day Afropop and world music extravaganza has a soft spot in its heart for Brazilian music, and today we'll hear from the edgy artist Pedro Luis and his roots rock band. Also featured is Mbulu from Mozambique with their updated, multi-generational version of marabenta music. Ghana checks in with classic, joyful highlife from the African... Topics: Belgian, music, festival, African Highlife, concert, world, Mbulu, Pedro Luis, Brazil, Ghana
This is our annual heads-up about outstanding artists touring in the U.S. for the summer season. The roster includes Congolese rumba maestros, Kekele, the idiosyncratic Lagbaja from Nigeria, Refugee All Stars, and Haitian diva Emeline Michel.
Amazingly, some of the most creative and interesting African music acts springing onto the scene are not based in Africa anymore. For years, Afropop Worldwide has spotlighted the work of Africans making bands in the United States, and talented American musicians creating African music. The crop keeps getting better. This music-rich edition samples the techno roots fusion of Burkina Electric, the Kenyan benga meets rock ânâ roll fusion of Extra Golden, desert blues innovations from Markus... Topics: Burkina Electic, Markus James, Afrobeat, Afropop, Shona, desert blues, Africa
When Sierra Leone gained independence in 1961, Freetown swayed to the beguiling, breezy lilt of palm wine guitar and danced to the funky pop of Geraldo Pino and the Heartbeats. Once a center of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, Sierra Leone became an improbable amalgamation of indigenous peoples and repatriated Africans freed from slavery. Thirty years of political and economic disintegration led to a horrific civil war that claimed tens of thousands of victims and created a generation of maimed... Topics: Dry Yai, S.E. Rogie, Daddy Saj, Geraldo Pino, Refugee All-Stars, Seydu, Sierra Leone, Blood...
There's a lot of fantastic music being made by Brazilian artists living in the United States. For sure, they have a large audience: it's estimated that over one million Brazilians have immigrated here over the past 25 years and there are sizeable Brazilian communities in cities all over the U.S. And that's not to mention the ever-growing legions of non-Brazilian fans of samba, capoeira, forrÃ³, bossa nova, choro, Brazilian jazz and other styles that are so important to U.S musical life. We'll... Topics: Capoeira, Brazil, Sergio Mendes, the Assad Family, forro, bossa nova, choro, Brazilian jazz, samba,...
The "Black Pacific" is a term coined by our guide, ethnomusicologist Heidi Carolyn Feldman. She describes the circumstance of African descendants displaced not only from their ancestral homes in Africa, but also from the Atlantic coast nations where their enslaved ancestors were originally brought. This Hip Deep edition explores the sonically vibrant realm of Afro-Peruvian music, a young genre identification that has flourished since the 1950s and has now produced artists of... Topics: black, pacific, afropop, worldwide, africa, music, heidi, carolyn, feldman, hip deep,...
We go to Rio, Salvador de Bahia, Recife and Sao Paulo to visit with some of the greatsâGilberto Gil, Joao Gilberto, Jorge Ben Jor, and others. Brazil is exceptional in how new generations of artists incorporate the work of their elders and at the same time add their own flavor for exhilarating results. Weâll enjoy the conversation between Luis Gonzaga and the roots revivalists such as Chico Science in Recife and then hear the latest from Carnaval 2008. And in this year that marks the 50th... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Brazil, bossa nova, joao gilberto, antonio carlos jobim, gilberto gil, jorge ben jor
In our next installment of our "shout out" series, where we talk with leading deejays in Africa and Latin America about what's rocking their country's airwaves and dance floors, we're going to Columbia and Cuba. Banda la Republica, Columbiafrica the Mystic Orchestra, Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco, Gente de Zona and more are featured. Noted author Ned Sublette is our producer. Topics: Colombia, Cuba, Music, Reggaeton, Samba, Latin, Dance, DJ, Colombiafrica, Manolito Simonet, Gente...
August is a flat out dance party marathon on Afropop Worldwide. We'll groove for three weeks in a row, starting with handpicked gems from summer dance parties past. Get ready for a fast-paced set sure to make your heart smile and your hips swivel. Featured artists include a Papa Wemba classic from a 1996 set, Eddie Palmieri at the heart of the New York salsa scene, the African-Latin boundary breakers Africando (featuring Guinea's Sekouba "Bambino" Diabate on soaring vocals), Cheb Mami... Topics: dance, Cheik Lo, Magic System, party, Afropop, music
This program vividly evokes the Arab conquest of much of North Africa between the 7th and 11th century. The story begins in the early days of Islam when Romans and Berbers held sway in the region. The initial Arab forays were relatively superficial, but lasting transformation came with the sweep of the Bani Hilal clan starting in the 10th century. Of course, we cannot know what music sounded like so long ago, but music helps evoke these dramatic times. Many modern Arabic musical pieces preserve... Topics: Afropop, Arabization, North Africa
From the early days to the present, Puerto Rico has always been a creative, prolific epicenter of Latin music. And the music traveled to New York with the large immigrant Puerto Rican community. We'll hear roots styles such as bomba and plena to salsa maestro Tito Puente and the contemporary leading sonero Gilberto Santa Rosa to today's reggaeton superstars out of San Jua Topics: bomba, plena, reggaeton, Tito Puente, salsa, San Juan, Puerto Rico, musica latina, latin music
In recent years, CDs, concert tours, and even careers have been based on the notion that the blues has "roots" in Africa. Cultural Anthropologist Gerhard Kubik's has been recording music in Africa since 1959, and spent long periods in the American south in the 1980s and 90s. His book Africa and the Blues has gained recognition as the most serious and penetrating examination of the subject. This episode in our Hip Deep series delves into Kubik's recording archive and explores his key... Topics: Music, blues, Africa, Gerhard Kubik, Hip Deep
This program vividly evokes the Arab conquest of much of North Africa between the 7th and 11th century. The story begins in the early days of Islam when Romans and Berbers held sway in the region. The initial Arab forays were relatively superficial, but lasting transformation came with the sweep of the Bani Hilal clan starting in the 10th century. Of course, we cannot know what music sounded like so long ago, but music helps evoke these dramatic times. Many modern Arabic musical pieces preserve... Topic: The Arabization of North Africa
As they led their livestock herds through West Africa in search of greener pastures, the Fulbhe--also Fula, Fulani, or Peul--spread a powerful music culture as well. Fluttering bluesy flutes, keening vocal melodies and bubbling percussion rhythms are strong elements in Fulani music, but the sounds are as varied as the deserts, forests, mountains, and riverside towns the Fulbe have made their homes. On this program, we explore Fulbe music from Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and elsewhere, and... Topics: Fulbhe, Mali, Guinea, Niger, Senegal, Music, Blues, Funk
As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, we are proud to encore one of our all-time favorite programs, celebrating one of most exhilarating events of the 20th Century, the peaceful transition from the evil system of apartheid to a democratic, non-racial country. With all Africaâs troubles today, the extraordinary wisdom and forgiveness of Nelson Mandela as he led South Africa to freedom is a miracle that we should not forget. The music of this era is a vivid reflection of the emotions and... Topics: South Africa, Apartheid, Soweto Student Uprising, Nelson Mandela, kwaito, music
This program vividly evokes the Arab conquest of much of North Africa between the 7th and 11th century. The story begins in the early days of Islam when Romans and Berbers held sway in the region. The initial Arab forays were relatively superficial, but lasting transformation came with the sweep of the Bani Hilal clan starting in the 10th century. Of course, we cannot know what music sounded like so long ago, but music helps evoke these dramatic times. Many modern Arabic musical pieces preserve... Topics: Arabization, North, Africa
Competition between communities of Indian and African descent has been a mainstay of politics and culture in the former British colonies of Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana. This rivalry plays out in institutions from the University of the West Indies to the West Indies cricket team, and of course, popular music. At the time of Trinidad's Independence, the Afro-Caribbean political elite of the day sought to enshrine calypso as the country's national music, but new genres have emerged, from the... Topics: Indo-Caribbean, Indian, Hip Deep, Tobago, Guyana, Music
We start in the Indian Ocean port town of Mombasa to hear the one-of-a-kind taarab music of the Swahili people that combines African, Arab and Indian influences. Featured are top stars such as Maulidi Juma and Musical Party. We also drop in on one of the raucous women-only wedding parties. Then it's south to Tanga, on the Tanzanian coast, to hear Golden Star and Zahira Swale. And we wind up on the famed island of Zanzibar to enjoy Culture Musical Club and the irreplaceable 90-something Bi... Topics: Bi Kidude, Culture Music Club, Zanzibar, Zahira Swale, Tanzania, Golden Star, Tanga, Musical Party,...